In October the group visited Kettles Yard Gallery, established by Jim Ede, a curator and collector, and his wife in 1956, when they bought and restored a pair of tumbledown cottages in Cambridge. They encouraged visitors to come in the afternoons to see the collection of mainly 20th century British art, which is set alongside furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects in the harmonious, domestic setting. In 1966 the gallery was given to the University of Cambridge. Since then it has been extended several times and an exhibition space has recently been added. Many fine works of artists such as Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallace and Christopher Wood can be seen, plus sculpture by European artists, such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Constantin Brancusi. Visiting Kettles Yard is a particularly interesting and unique experience.
In November a visit was made to the Royal Academy ‘Oceania’ exhibition to see a remarkable collection of art from the islands of the South Pacific, which was wonderfully collated and exhibited by the Royal Academy. The exhibition tells the story of the islanders from Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia, who history reveals how extensively they travelled around the Pacific, creating new settlements and sharing art and culture with diverse communities and cultures. Elaborately carved artifacts, such as canoes and masks are displayed. The effects of the encounters with the western world, particularly those of the James Cook expeditions are examined in detail.